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A Clojure HTTP library wrapping the Apache HttpComponents client.

This library has taken over from mmcgrana's clj-http. Please send a pull request or open an issue if you have any problems

Continuous Integration status


clj-http is available as a Maven artifact from Clojars:

[clj-http "0.4.2"]

Previous versions available as

[clj-http "0.4.1"]
[clj-http "0.4.0"]
[clj-http "0.3.6"]


The main HTTP client functionality is provided by the clj-http.client namespace.

Require it in the REPL:

(require '[clj-http.client :as client])

Require it in your application:

(ns my-app.core
  (:require [clj-http.client :as client]))

The client supports simple get, head, put, post, delete, copy, move, patch and options requests. Responses are returned as Ring-style response maps:

(client/get "")
=> {:status 200
    :headers {"date" "Sun, 01 Aug 2010 07:03:49 GMT"
              "cache-control" "private, max-age=0"
              "content-type" "text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
    :body "<!doctype html>..."
    :cookies {"PREF" {:domain "", :expires #<Date Wed Apr 02 09:10:22 EDT 2014>, :path "/", :value "...", :version 0}}
    :trace-redirects ["" "" ""]}

:trace-redirects will contain the chain of the redirections followed.

More example requests:

(client/get "")

(client/get "" {:accept :json})

;; Various options:
(client/post ""
  {:basic-auth ["user" "pass"]
   :body "{\"json\": \"input\"}"
   :headers {"X-Api-Version" "2"}
   :content-type :json
   :socket-timeout 1000
   :conn-timeout 1000
   :accept :json})

;; Need to contact a server with an untrusted SSL cert?
(client/get "" {:insecure? true})

;; If you don't want to follow-redirects automatically:
(client/get "http://site.come/redirects-somewhere" {:follow-redirects false})

;; Only follow a certain number of redirects:
(client/get "http://site.come/redirects-somewhere" {:max-redirects 5})

;; Throw an exception if redirected too many times:
(client/get "http://site.come/redirects-somewhere" {:max-redirects 5 :throw-exceptions true})

;; Send form params as a urlencoded body (POST or PUT)
(client/post "http//" {:form-params {:foo "bar"}})
;; Send form params as a json encoded body (POST or PUT)
(client/post "http//" {:form-params {:foo "bar"} :content-type :json})

;; Multipart form uploads/posts
;; a map or vector works as the multipart object. Use a vector of
;; vectors if you need to preserve order, a map otherwise.
(client/post "http//" {:multipart [["title" "My Awesome Picture"]
                                              ["Content/type" "image/jpeg"]
                                              ["file" ( "pic.jpg")]]})
;; Multipart values can be one of the following:
;; String, InputStream, File, or a byte-array

;; Apache's http client automatically retries on IOExceptions, if you
;; would like to handle these retries yourself, you can specify a
;; :retry-handler. Return true to retry, false to stop trying:
(client/post "" {:multipart [["title" "Foo"]
                                               ["Content/type" "text/plain"]
                                               ["file" ( "/tmp/missing-file")]]
                                   :retry-handler (fn [ex try-count http-context]
                                                    (println "Got:" ex)
                                                    (if (> try-count 4) false true))})

;; Basic authentication
(client/get "" {:basic-auth ["user" "pass"]})
(client/get "" {:basic-auth "user:pass"})

;; OAuth 2
(client/get "" {:oauth-token "secret-token"})

;; Query parameters
(client/get "" {:query-params {"q" "foo, bar"}})

;; "Nested" query parameters
;; (this yields a query string of `a[e][f]=6&a[b][c]=5`)
(client/get "" {:query-params {:a {:b {:c 5} :e {:f 6})

;; Provide cookies — uses same schema as :cookies returned in responses
;; (see the cookie store option for easy cross-request maintenance of cookies)
(client/get ""
  {:cookies {"ring-session" {:discard true, :path "/", :value "", :version 0}}})

;; Support for IPv6!
(client/get "http://[2001:62f5:9006:e472:cabd:c8ff:fee3:8ddf]")

The client will also follow redirects on the appropriate 30* status codes.

The client transparently accepts and decompresses the gzip and deflate content encodings.

Input coercion

;; body as a byte-array
(client/post "" {:body my-byte-array})

;; body as a string
(client/post "" {:body "string"})

;; :body-encoding is optional and defaults to "UTF-8"
(client/post ""
             {:body "string" :body-encoding "UTF-8"})

;; body as a file
(client/post ""
             {:body ( "/tmp/foo") :body-encoding "UTF-8"})

;; :length is NOT optional for passing an InputStream in
(client/post ""
             {:body ( "/tmp/foo") :length 1000})

Output coercion

;; The default output is a string body
(client/get "")

;; Coerce as a byte-array
(client/get "" {:as :byte-array})

;; Coerce as something other than UTF-8 string
(client/get "" {:as "UTF-16"})

;; Coerce as json
(client/get "" {:as :json})
(client/get "" {:as :json-string-keys})

;; Coerce as a clojure datastructure
(client/get "" {:as :clojure})

;; Try to automatically coerce the output based on the content-type
;; header (this is currently a BETA feature!). Currently supports
;; text, json and clojure (with automatic charset detection)
(client/get "" {:as :auto})

;; Return the body as a stream
(client/get "" {:as :stream})
;; Note that the connection to the server will NOT be closed until the
;; stream has been read

A more general request function is also available, which is useful as a primitive for building higher-level interfaces:

(defn api-action [method path & [opts]]
    (merge {:method method :url (str "" path)} opts)))


The client will throw exceptions on, well, exceptional status codes. clj-http will throw a Slingshot Stone that can be caught by a regular (catch Exception e ...) or in Slingshot's try+ block:

(client/get "")
=> ExceptionInfo clj-http: status 404  clj-http.client/wrap-exceptions/fn--583 (client.clj:41)
;; Or, if you would like the Exception message to contain the entire response:
(client/get "" {:throw-entire-message? true})
=> ExceptionInfo clj-http: status 404 {:status 404,
                                       :headers {"server" "nginx/1.0.4",
                                                 "x-runtime" "12ms",
                                                 "content-encoding" "gzip",
                                                 "content-type" "text/html; charset=utf-8",
                                                 "date" "Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:15 :36 GMT",
                                                 "cache-control" "no-cache",
                                                 "status" "404 Not Found",
                                                 "transfer-encoding" "chunked",
                                                 "connection" "close"},
                                       :body "...body here..."}
   clj-http.client/wrap-exceptions/fn--584 (client.clj:42

;; You can also ignore exceptions and handle them yourself:
(client/get "" {:throw-exceptions false})
;; Or ignore an unknown host (methods return 'nil' if this is set to
;; true and the host does not exist:
(client/get "" {:ignore-unknown-host? true})

(spacing added by me to be human readable)


A proxy can be specified by setting the Java properties: <scheme>.proxyHost and <scheme>.proxyPort where <scheme> is the client scheme used (normally 'http' or 'https'). Additionally, per-request proxies can be specified with the proxy-host and proxy-port options:

(client/get "" {:proxy-host "" :proxy-port 8118})

Cookie stores

clj-http can simplify the maintenance of cookies across requests if it is provided with a cookie store.

(binding [clj-http.core/*cookie-store* (clj-http.cookies/cookie-store)]
  (client/post "" {:form-params {:username "..."
                                                      :password "..."}})
  (client/get "")

(The clj-http.cookies/cookie-store function returns a new empty instance of a default implementation of org.apache.http.client.CookieStore.)

Alternatively, you can provide a cookie store on a per-request basis that will supercede any cookie store that has been dynamically bound to clj-http.core/*cookie-store*:

(binding [clj-http.core/*cookie-store* (clj-http.cookies/cookie-store)]
  (client/post "" {:form-params {:username "..."
                                                      :password "..."}})
  (let [data (:body (client/get "" {:as :json}))]
    (client/post "" {:form-params data
                                                :cookie-store othersite-cookie-store})

You can also us the get-cookies function to retrieve the cookies from a cookie store:

(def cs (clj-http.cookies/cookie-store))

(client/get "" {:cookie-store cs})

(clojure.pprint/pprint (clj-http.cookies/get-cookies cs))
 {:domain "",
  :expires #<Date Tue Oct 02 10:12:06 MDT 2012>,
  :path "/",
  :version 0},
 {:domain "",
  :expires #<Date Wed Apr 02 10:12:06 MDT 2014>,
  :path "/",
  :version 0}}

Link headers

clj-http parses any link headers returned in the response, and adds them to the :links key on the response map. This is particularly useful for paging RESTful APIs:

(:links (client/get ""))
=> {:next {:href ""}
    :last {:href ""}}

Using persistent connections

clj-http can use persistent connections to speed up connections if multiple connections are being used:

(with-connection-pool {:timeout 5 :threads 4 :insecure? false}
  (get "")
  (post "")
  (get "")
  (get ""))

This is MUCH faster than sequentially performing all requests, because a persistent connection can be used instead creating a new connection for each request.

This feature is fairly new, please let me know if you have any feedback!

Redirects handling

clj-http conforms its behaviour regarding automatic redirects to the RFC. It means that redirects on status 301, 302 and 307 are not redirected on methods other than GET and HEAD. If you want a behaviour closer to what most browser have, you can set :force-redirects to true in your request to have automatic redirection work on all methods by transforming the method of the request to GET.


There are four debugging methods you can use:

;; print request info to *out*:
(client/get "" {:debug true})

;; print request info to *out*, including request body:
(client/post "" {:debug true :debug-body true :body "..."})

;; save the request that was sent in a :request key in the response:
(client/get "" {:save-request? true})

;; save the request that was sent in a :request key in the response,
;; including the body content:
(client/get "" {:save-request? true :debug-body true})

Faking clj-http responses

If you need to fake clj-http responses (for things like testing and such), check out the clj-http-fake library.


The design of clj-http is inspired by the Ring protocol for Clojure HTTP server applications.

The client in clj-http.core makes HTTP requests according to a given Ring request map and returns Ring response maps corresponding to the resulting HTTP response. The function clj-http.client/request uses Ring-style middleware to layer functionality over the core HTTP request/response implementation. Methods like clj-http.client/get are sugar over this clj-http.client/request function.

Known issues / Issues you may run into

VerifyError class overrides final method getBinaryValue...

This is actually caused by your project attempting to use clj-json and cheshire in the same classloader. You can fix the issue by either not using clj-json (and thus choosing cheshire), or specifying an exclusion for clj-http in your project like this:

(defproject foo "0.1.0-SNAPSHOT"
  :dependencies [[org.clojure/clojure "1.3.0"]
                 [clj-http "0.3.4" :exclusions [cheshire]]])

Note that if you exclude cheshire, json decoding of response bodies and json encoding of form-params cannot happen, you are responsible for your own encoding/decoding.

As of clj-http 0.3.5, you should no longer see this, as Cheshire 3.1.0 and clj-json can now live together without causing problems.


Like clj-http but need something more lightweight without as many external dependencies? Check out clj-http-lite for a project that can be used as a drop-in replacement for clj-http.


To run the tests:

$ lein deps
$ lein test

Run all tests (including integration):
$ lein test :all

Run tests against 1.2.1, 1.3 and 1.4
$ lein all test
$ lein all test :all


Released under the MIT License: